Trail Running_Arastradero_Palo Alto_BW Photo (7)San Mateo County/Silicon Valley CVB invites members of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
to participate in our
“As Fresh as it Gets” Media Tour!

The Best of the San Francisco Bay Area!
SEASHORES: Thirty miles of coastline on San Francisco Bay and 60 miles on our Pacific Coastside;
SCENIC BEAUTY: Beaches, hiking trails, redwoods, reservoirs, lagoons—72% open space;
SAN FRANCISCO is a quick mass transit ride or car trip away;
SEVERAL WINERIES: Some with vineyards, others in walkable urban areas;
SUNSHINE: Our moderate climate and sunshine are what visitors to the Bay Area want;
SAFETY: San Mateo County is the safest large county in California;
SEAFOOD, produce, gourmet goat cheeses, wine and beer that are “As Fresh as it Gets”;
STANFORD campus, sporting events and shopping center;
SILICON VALLEY: San Mateo County is at the heart of innovation in Silicon Valley.

palo alto by edna takeda gellerWHO: Up to 10 IFWTWA journalists; domestic applicants only, please

WHEN: September 7-10, 2016 (arrivals September 6, departures September 10)

WHERE: The Best of the San Francisco Bay Area – San Mateo County/Silicon Valley

LOGISTICS: Air travel courtesy of Jet Blue feeder cities to SFO.  SMCCVB will handle all ground transportation.
All meals, hotels, transportation and gratuities are covered during the participants’ time in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. Independent pre or post tour expenses are not covered.

Host: San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 13, 2016 ACCEPTANCE: Applicants will be notified by July 25, 2016

Proposed Itinerary: subject to change

Wednesday, September 7th
Breakfast: 3SIXTY, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Tour: Filoli Mansion and Gardens
Activity: Hike at Wunderlich Park
Lunch: Pasta Moon, Half Moon Bay
Free Time: Main Street, Half Moon Bay
Check-in/ Refresh: Half Moon Bay Hotel
Drinks: A Grape in the Fog, Pacifica
Dinner: Coastside Restaurant
Drinks (optional): Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

SONY DSCThursday, September 8th
Activity/ Tour: Coastside
Lunch: Bayside Restaurant
Wine/Beer Walk: Flying Suitcase Wines, Domenico Winery, Russian Ridge Winery
Check-in/Refresh: Palo Alto Hotel
Dinner: downtown Palo Alto Restaurant
Drinks (optional)

Downtown RWC by Edna Takeda Geller #26

Friday, September 9th
Activity: Hike at Stanford Dish
Picnic Breakfast: Stanford
Tour: Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection
Lunch: Redwood City Restaurant
Activity/Tour: Kitchentown Tour & Del Oliva olive oil and vinegar tasting
Check-in/refresh: Bayside Hotel
Drinks (optional): Armstrong Brewing Company

La Honda Winery, Redwood CitySaturday, September 10th
San Francisco independent free time (optional)

Photo credits: all photos courtesy of SMCCVB;  #2,3,4,5,6,8: EdnaTaketaGeller

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